America’s favorite pot-smoking, biodiesel burning, on-the-road-again troubadour has just turned 75-years-old, but it is Willie Nelson’s fans that get the present in the form of this comprehensive four-disc box set retrospective. The material is laid out chronologically with disc one holding ancient treasures like Willie’s first single from 1955, “When I’ve Sang My Last Hillbilly Song” and the first version of the classic “Nite Life.”

The outlaw sound develops on disc two in the early to mid-’70s as Nelson teams with Waylon Jennings for “Good Hearted Woman” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” The remainder of the selections draws from Nelson’s catalogue through 2007. A generously illustrated booklet accompanies the music.

Grade: A

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